It's difficult to write about this place without gushing too much. Everything was just easy and no hassle and the hotel is very stylish without being pretentious.The staff didn't overfuss around you but anything you wanted they were there like a shot. Due to our short notice stay we actually stayed in 3 different rooms (all superior suites, i think) over our 6 night stay and they were all equally lovely. They all had huge terraces with a table and chairs and a more comfortable lounging seat.
Breakfast you could take iany time up to 11am. If you wanted it brought to your room inside or on the terrace, fine, this was no big deal or you could have it anywhere you pleased. The food in general here was outstanding. it was easy to eat great food healthily without being restricted. Don't get me wrong - you could certainly indulge if you wanted to and it was impossible to resist those desserts. The menu is incredibly varied for a smallish hotel and I was surprised they never ran out of any dishes and they were always very fresh.
The grounds of the hotel are the selling point. So chic, so picturesque. A gorgeous infinity pool with plush comfortable sunchairs and a huge gazebo padded out with cushions to lounge in if it rains or if the sun is too much.
The beach is just a few metres beyond. The currents are pretty strong so probably not great for swimming but it's a lovely beach for a stroll.
We were aware of the trainline running through the rear of the grounds before we arrived. It didn't really bother me and it was quite intriguing to watch it sailing through a fewf times a day and I would say it added to the character.
The hotel does not have an alcohol licence, however you can bring your own and either chill it in your own minibar fridge or give it to the staff to chill.
If i was going to write anything negative it would be that a couple of the rooms on the ground floor did smell a little damp and that the toilet roll holders are in a really awkward position, but that is being very picky!
We had a little look round Club Villa hotel which is next door when we accidently arrived there instead of Villa Bentota (the signs are a little confusing and they are adjacent to each other). Club Villa was similarly priced and in the same league but I personally thought Villa Bentota looked a bit cooler and it had been more rececntly refurbished.
Within walking distance of the hotel are some other places which looked like they would have been good for dinner and drinks. I normally like to try the local restaurants but in this case I couldn't bear not to eat in the hotel, the food and setting were that good.
Just down the road (5 -10mins walk, turn right onto the main road) is a spice garden. We wandered in there and an Ayruvedic doctor showed us round explaining the plants and how they are used in ayruvedic medicine. There was no charge, but we were shown the shop to buy some of the items - lotions, potions, teas, spices, herbs etc, which we did. There's also a few little antiquey / crafty shops just around the hotel which are worth a look. There's even a little buddist temple at the end of the little lane, although we were shooed away from here by a local guy when we tried to approach.
- Official Description (provided by the hotel):
- The Villa Bentota is a unique and private beach-side hotel; Paradise Road's newest property located 2 hours south of Colombo. Offering 15 individually designed rooms and suites with all modern amenities and services, The Villa Bentota is located in the Mohotti Walauwa which was Geoffrey Bawa's first boutique hotel in Sri Lanka. Refurbished and extended with incredible sensitivity to the original design, Shanth Fernando has created yet another masterpiece to give those who stay in the city at Tintagel a new special resort option in true Paradise Road style. With sprawling coconut palm-dressed lawns opening to the sea, two swimming pools, a restaurant, The Villa Café open to all passers-by and a Paradise Road gift store, The Villa Shop and an art gallery, The Villa Gallery, The Villa Bentota is a must-stop for all those traveling down the southern coast of Sri Lanka. ... more less
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